The Hindu community in Bangladesh celebrates Janmashtami, marking the birth of Lord Krishna, on Thursday with religious fervour.
It is a public holiday in Bangladesh. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted members of the Hindu community on the occasion, in separate messages.
“Lord Sri Krishna’s philosophy was to remove injustice, oppression and violence from the society and build a bond of genuine love and harmony among people,” Hamid said.
“I call upon the Hindu community people to stand by the helpless and distressed people of the society following the philosophy of Lord Sri Krishna,” he added.
Haseena said her Awami League government is determined to maintain communal harmony in the country. “I believe that Sri Krishna’s ideals and lessons will strengthen the thousand-year-old communal harmony, friendship and brotherhood of Bengalis.”
She urged people to maintain social distancing norms while celebrating Janmashtami.